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Joe Battista

Joe Battista has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. He is best known for his effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. “JoeBa” is the owner of PRAGMATIC Passion, LLC consulting, a professional speaker, success coach, and the vice president of the National Athletic and Professional Success Academy (NAPSA). He is the author of a new book, “The Power of Pragmatic Passion.” Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 & ’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

The Great Diversions in Our Lives
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The Great Diversions in Our Lives
1 day ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Prioritization has become somewhat of a lost art given all the diversions at our fingertips and how easy it is to rationalize why we just flitter away our very limited time. All of these diversions in one shape or form usually come at the expense of real-life activities and important, life-altering [Read More]
Roots and Wings
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Roots and Wings
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
My plans for the day included heading out to Barnes & Noble to do some reading for a class I am taking on Monday evenings. But just as I was set to go, my youngest son Ryan, a State High senior, asked me if I wanted to go play some pond hockey with him. I could hear my father and my good friend Sam [Read More]
I’ve Gotta Be Me
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I’ve Gotta Be Me
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This week I want to talk about the importance of making sure you live your life and not vicariously through others, or a life prescribed by a parent or other authority figure who won’t take the time to really get to know you and what makes you unique. [Read More]
Just 10 Little Words
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Just 10 Little Words
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Ten words. These 10 words changed my life for the better. They aren’t profound, long, or highly sophisticated, but they made all the difference to me at a pivotal stage of my life. [Read More]
The Holidays Are a Time for Traditions Old and New
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The Holidays Are a Time for Traditions Old and New
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
For my extended family and for me it is a time for traditions, both old and new. In the ever-changing world, our families do their best to keep this holiday gathering a tradition. We remember those who have departed, and we celebrate new births as well. There is no sense fighting the fact that tradi [Read More]
Have a Very Barkley Christmas and a Happy New Year
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Have a Very Barkley Christmas and a Happy New Year
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I looked up and there was Barkley running at full speed. The chances of catching him were slim and none, his muscular frame powering through the turns tearing up the turf while firmly grasping the ball. The intense and focused look in his eyes made it obvious there was nothing that could be done to [Read More]
Today Is the Day
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Today Is the Day
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Today is the day that will change your life forever. How can I say that with such confidence? Because after you read this column, and if you act on what you read here, you can start to change your life for the better. [Read More]
To Live a Hall of Fame Life
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To Live a Hall of Fame Life
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
A lot of life events happened over the past week that made me stop and reflect a bit about my own journey. It gave me a chance to step back, and take stock on whether I am living the type of life I had always hoped. A chance to think about what’s next, and how to go from what appears to be a succe [Read More]
I Quit (And Why You Probably Should Too)
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I Quit (And Why You Probably Should Too)
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
There is no shame in taking one step back sometimes to gain two steps forward. Persistence, taken too far, is the equivalent of stubbornness and can lead to futility and great disappointment, even depression. It takes a very strong, mature person to look in the mirror and recognize their limitations [Read More]
From Ordinary to Extraordinary
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From Ordinary to Extraordinary
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I believe the key to a meaningful, joyful and successful life is to discover, create and develop your own unique abilities and skills and to commit to constant improvement so you have the confidence and courage to achieve success as you define it. [Read More]
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